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Serum Institute of India poses challenge to Merck HPV vaccine

The Serum Institute of India, the world's fifth largest vaccinemaker by volume, is eyeing newer vaccines, including one for the human papillomavirus expected to be launched by late 2018 and sell at a third of the price of Merck & Co.'s blockbuster Gardasil, Bloomberg reported.

GAVI nets $50M for Merck's Gardasil, GSK's Cervarix

Back in 2012, the GAVI Alliance announced plans to help immunize 30 million girls in 40 countries with HPV vaccines by 2020. Wednesday, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation chipped in toward that goal with a $25 million investment that will be matched through the U.K.'s Department of International Development.

Merck, Sanofi hope for sales expansion with two-dose Gardasil switch

Now that the European Commission has officially approved a two-dose Gardasil regimen for early teens, Merck and Sanofi will see the number of shots per patient fall. But that doesn't mean they'll necessarily take a sales hit, with the move potentially expanding overall access and providing a bump both drugmakers could use.

Government call for more HPV vaccination could boost GSK and Merck

The President's Cancer Panel is urging federal and state health authorities to do a better job protecting children from preventable cancers by improving access to the HPV vaccine, which could mean a big bump in sales.

Study: Merck's and GSK's HPV vaccines don't encourage risky sex

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked into the reasons behind low uptake of GlaxoSmithKline's and Merck's human papillomavirus vaccines last year, the effect of parental attitudes to sex grabbed the headlines. Yet while parents may fear the vaccine will lead to risky sex, all the evidence suggests otherwise.

Merck, Glaxo HPV vaccines held back by more than sex and money

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics finds that sex and money each play a role in U.S. parents' reluctance to vaccinate their children against the human papillomavirus. But a lack of easy-to-understand information about the shots--and often, the lack of a doctor's clear recommendation for them--are also helping to depress vaccination rates.

Study finds one HPV vaccine dose gives strong, durable immune response

While half of U.S. teenage girls receive one dose of human papillomavirus vaccine, far fewer come back to complete the regimen. What is less clear is whether one dose offers any protection, but a new study offers some hope.

Study suggests GSK's Cervarix can prevent throat cancer

The public health push to vaccinate both boys and girls against human papillomavirus has been hindered by a lack of studies showing that the jabs prevent forms of cancer other than cervical. Now data on throat cancer are emerging a week after an anal disease study.

HPV vax awareness uneven despite Merck ad blitz

In 2007, Merck spent $100 million promoting its human papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil. The advertising blitz helped sales top $1 billion, but earnings fell away quickly over the next few years. Many people are critical of the vaccine, but lots more simply do not know it exists.

GlaxoSmithKline, Merck offer GAVI 95% discount on HPV vaccines

GlaxoSmithKline and Merck are slashing the prices of their HPV vaccinations in a deal with the GAVI Alliance, which delivers immunizations to the developing world.